District History

Historical Aspects

West Fork Community School District is a rural district in North Central Iowa. The district is comprised of several communities including: Chapin, Dougherty, Meservey, Rockwell, Swaledale, Sheffield and Thornton. Over the years, these communities have valued the education of their children and have provided education for them through their local district and by seeking opportunities to share with the neighboring school district.

The communities of Rockwell and Swaledale reorganized into the Rockwell-Swaledale Community School District in 1960.

The communities of Chapin and Sheffiled reorganized into the Sheffield-Chapin Community School District in 1960.

The communities of Meservey and Thornton reorganized into the Meservey-Thornton Community School District in 1963. In 1983, the Meservey building was closed and all students attended school in Thornton.

Beginning the fall of 1988, the Sheffield-Chapin and Meservey-Thornton Community School Districts came together to whole grade share. Through this arrangement, all students in grades 5-8 attended classes in the Thornton building and students in grades 9-12 attended classes in the Sheffield building. The school functioned as SC-MT but as two different districts financially. This whole grade agreement continued through the spring of 2007.

Beginning the fall of 2004 and continuing through the spring of 2007, the Rockwell-Swaledale Community School District and the SC-MT Community School Districts operated with a dual campus high school. This program allowed students to enroll in classes and programs in the neighboring district. Shuttle buses provided transportation for the high school students back and forth between the two schools four times per day.

On July 1, 2007, the SC and MT Districts reorganized to become the SCMT Community School District.

On July 1, 2008, the Rockwell-Swaledale and SCMT Community School District entered into a whole grade sharing agreement establishing an entity known as West Fork Schools. Both districts have a history of pride and excellence in K-12 education an it is believed that sharing resources will not only meet an economic need but expand educational opportunities as well. Students attending West Fork Schools have the opportunity to attend elementary (PreK-3) in their home community or either Rockwell or Sheffield. Middle school students (Grades 4-8) attend classes at the Rockwell Campus and high school students (Grades 9-12) attend class at the Sheffield Campus.

During the fall of 2010, the last certified enrollment count for the Rockwell-Swaledale Community School District was listed at 374 learners while the SCMT Community School District was listed as 444 learners.

About West Fork

On July 1, 2011, West fork Schools became West Fork Community School District. This was the result or a reorganization vote the took place within the communities during the fall of 2010. Our new district comprises of 314 square miles and includes the communities of Chapin, Dougherty, Meservey, Rockwell, Swaledale, Sheffield and Thornton. On Oct. 1, 2011, the newly formed district had a certified enrollment of 721 learners. The 2010 Census listed the School District population as 4952.

The district educates the students at two campuses located roughly six miles apart in the communities of Rockwell and Sheffield. The Rockwell Campus provides education for PreK-8th grade students and the Sheffield Campus serves PreK-3rd grade students and 9th-12th grade students.